New Faculty Orientation &
Foundations of USU Teaching

The New Faculty Orientation & Foundations of USU Teaching event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence. This event is designed for new instructors to connect to resources and collaborators across the USU system. New instructors at USU including tenure track, non-tenure track, lecturers, clinical faculty, and professional practice faculty are invited to participate. Join us to build a foundation to support your own professional development.

Event Agenda

Mon, Aug. 16, 2021 | 8:00am - 4:00pm |
Life Science Building (Logan Campus) & Virtual on Zoom

  • Morning: New Faculty Orientation
  • Afternoon: Foundations of USU Teaching

Full Schedule

New Faculty Orientation

Opening General Sessions | Life Science Building 133

8:00am - 12:00pm

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Continental Breakfast


Welcoming Remarks

Frank Galey

Executive Vice President and Provost


Positioning Yourself for Success at Utah State: Faculty Perspectives

Boyd Edwards
Professor & Faculty Senate President, College of Science 

Jayson Talaki
Assistant Professor, Huntsman School of Business 

Claudia Schwabe
Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Melissa Scheaffer
Principal Lecturer, College of Engineering


Morning Break


Campus Safety

Chief Earl Morris
Executve Director of Public Safety

Lieutenant Travis Dunn

University Police

Office of Equity and Title IX

Hillary Renshaw

Title IX Coordinator

Emmalee Fishburn
Prevention Specialist


Human Resources

Lisa Leishman

Associate Director


Lunch Break

Foundations of USU Teaching
General Session | Life Science Building 231

1:00pm - 2:50pm

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Introduction to Academic & Instructional Services

Travis N. Thurston
Director of Teaching Excellence, Academic & Instructional Services

Robert Wagner
Vice President of Academic & Instructional Services


Principles of Effective Teaching

Mark Damen
Professor, Department of History

Neal Legler

Director, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction


Understanding the USU Degree

Harrison Kleiner
Associate Vice Provost for General Education, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost


Break - Move to Distance Education Building

Workshops - Distance Education Building

3:15pm - 4:00pm (select one)

DE 005                    

Creating Usable & Accessible Canvas Content

Christopher Phillips
EIT Accessibility Coordinator, Disability Resource Center

Providing course content in ways that are usable, inclusive, and accessible for all students creates a better learning experience for everyone can make a huge difference in helping all students to feel welcome in your online classroom.

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DE 012

Hybrid Face-to-Face Teaching Tips

Neal Legler
Director, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

Hybrid face-to-face courses meet synchronously at scheduled class times. Some students meet in person in the classroom (adhering to classroom safety guidelines and social distancing caps) while other students participate remotely via Zoom.

DE 204

Getting Started with Canvas

Elisa Taylor
Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

This workshop covers: Signing In, Profile Settings, Notification Settings, Canvas Inbox,  Creating Pages, Assignments and Announcements, Adding Calendar Items, and Adding Student Groups.

DE 211

Professional Development at USU

Shelley M. Arnold
Instructional Coordinator, Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence

Travis N. Thurston
Instructional Coordinator, Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence

This session introduces you to all of the available programs, resources, and services that are available to you through the Office of Empowering Teaching Excellence (ETE).

Networking - Distance Education Building 

4:00pm - 4:30pm (explore the Classroom Innovation Lab - DE 003)

New Faculty Event

Event Information


Paul Barr
Vice Provost
(435) 797-0718

Travis Thurston
Director of Teaching Excellence
(435) 797-4950

Parking & Location Maps

Distance Education Building (DE)
Life Science Building (LSB)
Big Blue Parking Terrace
If you don't already have a Logan Campus parking pass, please plan to park in the Big Blue Parking Terrace, which is located at 850 E 700 N, in front of the Taggart Student Center (TSC).

Digital Handouts

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Technology Support

Contact IT Service Desk
(435) 797-4357 Live Chat

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ETE Conference

Remember to register for the ETE Conference

Wed, Aug 18, 2021
8:30 am - 4:40 pm

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ETE 10

Participants in the ETE 10 program earn digital badges, or microcredentials, designed in a three-tiered framework based on documentation of teaching improvement activities, and can earn two culminating certificates.

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